Originally Posted by jtom320
And some people just don't know how to use computers.
Originally Posted by jrbroad77
No offense but most of your friends must be incompetent when it comes to computers. (To be fair, most of my friends in high school had crap rigs with 3-year old low-end graphics and knew nothing about computers - this is the average user). I literally haven't touched my desktop (see sig) since I helped my little bro install the 5770.. almost 2 years later and not a single issue. He's not some sort of genius with computers and usually goes to me with problems - only issues so far have been viruses from his letting his friends use the rig, problem solved there. Those AMD drivers must be sooo terrible. Actually.. I've even installed PhysX drivers on the rig (sometime after we got the 5770 - that is literally all I've done to the desktop), and it works like a champ! Ran a PhysX benchmark and it says PhysX is enabled. So much for the PhysX sell point.
Perhaps the key is to read the release notes for each driver; and realize that after a year, most/all of the improvements will be for last-gen Crossfire and current-gen cards. Installing new drivers monthly just isn't a good idea for the average user.
Not necessarily. I've had an awful experience with Nvidia's "optimus" drivers on my laptop which has the GT 310M + Intel HD graphics, and dealing with nvidia's drivers on that computer has been the biggest headache--so much so that I decided to just disable the nvidia card entirely (didn't need much graphics processing capability anyway). Now, that's absolutely not the case for all their other cards, and it's unfair to make generalizations as such.
There's going to be a spectrum of experiences, just because someone runs into driver problems all the time doesn't mean they're dumb and don't know what they're doing. There could be legit reasons why those problems exist, beyond user error. It's not brand-specific.
However, what does bother me is when people in either camp update to the latest beta graphics and then bash them for being buggy, unstable, causing problems, etc. which seems to happen frequently. It's...beta...